Three Layer Frame

Open a new transparent image 400 X 500.

Add 3 new Raster Layers and name them Outer Frame, Middle Frame, and Inner Frame. Your Layer Palette should look like this:

Click on the Inner Frame layer to activate it. Using the eyedropper tool , choose a light color. I choose a light blue (#88bafe). Flood fill this layer with the color. If you would like to add a texture, do so now. I did not use a texture on the Inner Frame.

Click on the Middle Frame layer to activate it. Using the eyedropper tool , choose a darker color. I choose a medium blue (#0068c0). Flood fill this layer with the color. If you would like to add a texture, do so now. I did not use a texture on the Middle Frame.

Click on the Outer Frame layer to activate it. Using the eyedropper tool , choose a darker color. I choose a dark blue (#0000c0). Flood fill this layer with the color. If you would like to add a texture, do so now. I choose a weave pattern (Effects>Texture Effects>Weave) with the following settings:

While the Outer Frame is still active, go to Selections - Select All. Now go to Selections - Modify - Contract by 20. Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow and use these settings:

Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Cutout and use these settings:

Selections - Select None. Your image should look similar to the one below. (I have resized mine for the tutorial).

Click on the Inner Layer and go to Selections - Select All. Now go to Selections - Modify - Contract by 40. Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow and use the settings you used above. Go to Effects - 3D Effects - Cutout and use the same settings you did on the outer frame. Here is what I have up to this point:


Click on the Inner Layer and repeat the steps again but this time Contract by 60. Your image will now look like this:


Right click on one of the layers and select Merge>All Visible. Then select File>Export>Picture Frame. Give it a name and now this frame is included in your picture frame folder for use in the future.